Published on : Friday, December 15, 2017
According to the study by AAA forecast, that there will be a record of 107.3 million people will travel to celebrate year-end holidays, braving the higher gas price than last year and roads in some spots threatening three times the normal traffic congestion.
The holiday travel already set records this year for Memorial Day, Independence Day and Thanksgiving. Now the eyes are now for the Christmas and New years.
This study revealed that this will be 3.1% increase in travel from December. 23 through January. 1 would represent the ninth consecutive year-end rise.
In this time, most of the travellers will jump in cars, with 97.4 million projected to hit the road.
There is another 6.4 million are expected to fly somewhere during that period. And trains, buses and cruise ships are projected to carry 3.6 million. There are more people are travelling as the economy grows — despite higher gas prices that booms the tourism sector.
The 3.3% annual growth rate of Gross Domestic Product in the third quarter was the biggest gain since the same period in 2014.
The national average price per gallon for gas was $2.47 during the first half of December, which is 28 cents more than a year earlier and the most expensive since 2014, according to AAA. But the price expected to drop a nickel by year end.